SAS behind Afghan killing – Defence
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 9:40a.m.
New Zealand's SAS were not anywhere near the air strike that killed a senior Afghan Taliban leader thought to be responsible for the deaths of at least three New Zealand soldiers, the Defence Force says.
However, the SAS did gather the intelligence that led to the strike that killed Abdullah Kalta and four other insurgents last week, Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones says.
The insurgent leader played a significant role in the roadside bomb attack that killed Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance-Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Richard Harris in August.
He was also linked with the ambush that killed Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell in August 2010.
"We know we have dealt them a blow," Lt Gen Jones told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday.
SAS troops were not on the ground when the strike took place.
The air strike, carried out by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was based on information from a range of sources collated by the SAS, he said.
In most cases they wanted to capture Taliban heads alive, but in Abdullah Kalta's case the only option was to kill him, as it was believed they may have been planning another attack.
Trying to take him alive would have also been risky and may have cost lives of local troops, he said.
Lt Gen Jones said the SAS "planning team" would remain in Afghanistan working for ISAF, but he would not reveal further details about their activities.
Details of the attack on the insurgents aren't known but journalist Jon Stephenson, based in Kabul, told Radio New Zealand it was likely special forces were on the ground nearby and called in the air strike.
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3/12/2012 9:38:38 p.m.
Simply by touching that violent mileu
we end up less safe. Eg. We import the vengeance seeking, world-blinding
practices and protocols, we even import the tragedy's actors as immigrants and forever change this once green and pleasant land.
One day Afghanistan will watch the
Bosni-ised chaos that NZ is becoming.
28/11/2012 12:29:50 a.m.
Great job lads, you've done the Country proud. Don't mess with the Kiwis Mr. Terrorist!
27/11/2012 8:16:36 p.m.
As a current serving serviceman,this retribution is sweet, this is part of our culture, values and ethos, only those who have served will understand! This direct action approach is the language that the enemy understands, and is in fear of. This is why the NZDF has such a staunch reputation world wide.
27/11/2012 1:08:15 p.m.
Despite what NZ Defence say this was clearly a revenge attack. Why else do you send a group of NZ SAS soldiers half way across the world to gather intelligence on a single person so that he can be killed? And if NZ Defence say that this guy was about to make another hit, hoe come they know that when they didn't predict the earlier hit which killed NZ soldiers. The reason why they said this was to provide an alternative to the revenge attack scenario.
27/11/2012 1:00:14 p.m.
As someone who lived/worked in Afghanistan for 2 years, the ISAF troops did what they had to do. People here in comfort of homes can't even imagine what it is like there. If ISAF had accepted this then it would have shown weakness and opened up more attacks and casualties. Sadly, this is a language the Talibs will understand. There was no choice.
27/11/2012 11:37:46 a.m.
Great job boys! Job well done!
27/11/2012 11:06:50 a.m.
I don't believe this sort of thing should be broadcast in the media. It just open us up for retaliation.
27/11/2012 10:54:20 a.m.
An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
27/11/2012 10:30:14 a.m.
So we have dealt them a blow. Oh goody!
Now let's wait and see how they retaliate. Why don't we keep our noses out of this festering shitpot and keep New Zealand a s a relatively safe place by world standards?
27/11/2012 10:09:06 a.m.
Revenge attack, pure and simple, dont try to justify it by saying through the media that he was planning another attack.
Dont be ashamed of saying we wanted revenge! hell I would have done the same thing, human nature.
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